CalRecycle Grants Help Clean Up Agricultural Property
Media Contact: Heather Jones
(916) 319-9936 | Heather.Jones@CalRecycle.ca.gov
May 26, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SACRAMENTO – The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) has announced $202,380 in grants to help agricultural property owners clean up illegally dumped waste on their land and return it to productive use.
The Farm and Ranch Solid Waste Cleanup and Abatement Grant Program funding is intended to pay for the removal and disposal of small illegal dump sites and for site security measures to prevent new dumping after the cleanups are complete.
“The Farm and Ranch Cleanup grants help property owners put their land back to beneficial use and protect surrounding areas from environmental degradation,” CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline said. “Illegal dumping encourages more dumping, and it’s a burden for landowners to put a stop to it once it’s started.”
Individual property owners are not eligible to apply for funding, but rather must work with a local public entity such as a city, county, or resource conservation district. The property owner must sign an affidavit stating they were not responsible for, and did not consent to, disposal of the waste on their property.
Here is a list of the recipients, for a total of $202,380.
- City of Visalia: $17,309
- Coarsegold Resource Conservation District: $44,175
- Trinity County Resource Conservation District: $90,896
- Yolo County Resource Conservation District: $50,000
Last spring the City of Visalia cleaned up 160 tons of solid waste from five large homeless encampments along the St. John’s River. The river separates active farmland from public open space. The accumulated waste had the potential to disrupt the flow of the river and flood a subdivision on the other side of the river, and to cause environmental damage to the farmland. The grant funding will be used to reimburse the city for its cleanup expenses.
Trinity County will use the funds to clean up solid waste left behind from several abandoned illegal marijuana grow sites. Six illegal dumpsites in the Sierra National Forest just outside the gates of Yosemite National Park will be remediated with grant funds awarded to the Coarsegold Resource Conservation District in Madera County. The Yolo County Resource Conservation District (RCD) will use its funds to clean up approximately 500 waste tires that are contaminating Babel Slough. Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps staff will help conduct the RCD cleanup.
The Farm and Ranch Solid Waste Cleanup and Abatement Grant Program is undersubcribed; the application due date for the next grant cycle is currently proposed to be July 21. Subsequent application due dates are Nov. 3, 2016, and Feb. 2, 2017. For more information see CalRecycle’s Farm and Ranch Solid Waste Cleanup and Abatement webpage.